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Alexander Grischuk vs Gata Kamsky
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 9, Apr-24
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  0-1



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Apr-24-09  Per: Fantastic struggle! Cudos to both for playing fighting chess!
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  tamar: My brain hurts just from playing through this game.

Kamsky's 58...Na4 and 61...Nxb2 struck me like Caesar leaving Rome with the barbarians at the gates, but he correctly calculated his two pieces could hold while his knight grabbed loot.

Apr-24-09  kingsindian2006: this was great fighting chess mono y mono... sure people will bust out there computers and talk about missed mates... but this is human against human with all their flaws and fighting to the death... long live the royal game...!
Apr-24-09  Jim Bartle: Sorry about this, KI2006, but "mono y mono" means "monkey and monkey." Probably not what you meant ("mano a mano").
Apr-25-09  superstoned: an epic game
Apr-25-09  ARK84: Wow ! Grischuck deserves praise for declining draw on more than one occasions & giving a great fight alas pushing it too much.. definetly "an epic saga fit for the old nordic gods".
Apr-25-09  whiteshark: "The fortune paid Kamsky back for everything he lost earlier. He survived all the troubles imaginable in a single game and nevertheless won it – just like he did in his early years. Grischuk’s poor time management was the critical factor again. He played excellently up to a certain point: maneuvered well, attacked nicely (<48.Bxh5!>) and was very close to the well-deserved victory. And then he got into another time trouble... The turning point occurred between 53rd and 55th move. Clearly Alexander only considered ‘all-or-nothing’ moves, so he jumped right into deadly complications while he could have slowly improved his position, retaining all its advantages. White could get a decisive edge with <53.Qd1!> On the next move <54.Qd1!> would give him a small plus, and <55.Qe6+!> could secure an equal game.

All these chances were missed, and Black ended up with a healthy extra piece. Kamsky’s play in the third time trouble was also far from perfect. For instance, it would be very difficult to win for Black after <69.Ne6+! Kh7 70.Kh1!!>

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However, this chance was really a fluke – a usual time trouble occurrence. The lengthy queen’s ending developed logically. Black was winning, and he won."

-- (Sergey Shipov)

Apr-25-09  Dredge Rivers: <Jim Bartle> Maybe he DID mean "monkey and monkey"! :)
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  technical draw: <"mono y mono">

Mono can also mean "cute" so maybe Grishuk and Kamsky are both cute?

Apr-26-09  Jim Bartle: If the battle was in that sense, TD, I suspect this game would be a mismatch, with an different result.
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  technical draw: <JB> You're right. Maybe one of them is not as "mono" as the other one!
Apr-26-09  WhiteRook48: couldn't 102 Qg1+ hold the draw?

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